Armenia has suffered heavy casualties in six weeks of fighting, with more than 2,300 soldiers killed. On the other hand, people going to Armenia are setting their homes on fire so that they do not fall into the hands of Azerbaijan.
Armenia confirmed on Saturday that more than 2,000 of its soldiers had been killed in fighting with Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. “The bodies of 2,317 people have reached us so far and many of them have not been identified,” Armenia
Nikogosian, a spokeswoman for the Armenian Ministry of Health, wrote in a statement on Facebook that more than a thousand deaths were reported earlier.
In Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan has the support of Turkey.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the total death toll was more than 4,000 and the number of injured was close to 8,000.
Under the peace agreement, several areas of Nagorno-Karabakh will be handed over to Azerbaijan. That is why many people are going to Armenia before the deadline on the weekend and even setting their homes on fire before leaving.
The Kalbajar district of Nagorno-Karabakh has been occupied by Armenian separatists for decades, but this week large numbers of people have fled to Armenian territory.
On Sunday, control of the region is to be handed over to Azerbaijan. At least six houses in the same area were set on fire on Saturday morning.
“This is my house and I can’t hand it over to the Turks,” a local man told an AFP reporter before setting his house on fire. Citizens of Azerbaijan are called Turks.
“Everyone will burn down their house here today,” said the man, spraying petrol on an empty house. We have to get out of here by tonight. ”
At least ten houses were set on fire in the village of Chariktar on Friday.
Azerbaijan and Armenia are both former Soviet states.
Under the ceasefire agreement reached with the help of Russia, France and the United States, Armenia is to hand over the towns of Kalbajar and Agdam to Azerbaijan by November 20, while the city of Lachin will be handed over to Azerbaijan by December 1.
Russian peacekeepers are being deployed in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which will take control of the roads that connect Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh. About 2,000 Russian troops will set up 16 security checkpoints in this regard.